Congratulations to canoeist Josh Walsh and basketballer Zara Pearson who are 2020 Sportstar of the Year February nominees.
JOSH Walsh’s dream of competing at a world championship is set to be completed later this year.
In August, the teenager will travel to Hawaii for the World Sprint Canoe Championships.
Walsh earned selection after he claimed three first place finishes in team events, four second place finishes and a fifth place in his one singles event across the under 16 and under 19 competitions.
And the young gun said he is looking forward to taking on the best canoeists in the world.
“I’m on the water paddling three or four times a week,” he said.
“I also go to the gym three times a week and make sure I am running every day to stay as fi t as I can. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.
“I set a goal for myself a long time ago to get there, I’ve now got the opportunity so I need to put in as much e‑ ort as I can in order to get the best possible results.
“I’ve worked hard to earn this opportunity, now I have to make the most of it.”
AFTER a year out of the game, Zara Pearson arguably couldn’t have had a bigger impact on her return.
In a season which saw the Echuca Lady Pirates end their finals drought, Pearson was named the Country Basketball League North West conference’s most valuable player.
It was just the cherry on top after finishing as the division’s top scorer, while also being named in the All-Star five alongside teammate Georgie Eishold.
“For me it was a huge confidence boost,” Pearson said.
“I haven’t played basketball for about three years at this level since I came back from college.
“I started the season with a lot of nerves, so for our side to have a successful year was fantastic.
“To personally be given these awards is a great feeling, but I look at it more as a boost for next year as we look to get even better.”